World Cup Russia 2018 Thread

MDS posted:
Bob the Builder posted:
Ardbeg10y posted:

I never like watching Portugal. Too many tricks, especially from that great man.

The only time I didn't enjoy watching Ronaldo was he played against Arsenal.  I saw him play several times when he was at Man U once against Fulham at Craven Cottage where you are quite close to the pitch I was quite shocked at what a big man he is and how powerful in the air he was a fantastic player.

Agreed. He may strut unnecessarily at times but his talent, dedication and determination make him one of the game's all-time greats. His goal scoring statistics speak for themselves.

Ronaldo keeps himself in great shape. Compare him wth Rooney as they are the same age, only one of them is at the tournament.

I don't agree I think Iran's tactics helped to make it a woeful game their negativity even stretched to keeping Alireza Jahanbakhsh of AZ Alkmaar the Dutch Eredivisie League's golden boot winner (the first Asian player to ever achieve that in  European football)  on the bench until the last 15 mins. I understand they looked at their remaining games and thought their best chance was against Portugal but they actually had the players capable of causing an upset and almost did but for VAR which again did a fantasic job ruling their equaliser off side.  

One fantastic sight was their many female supporters who not allowed to attend football matches in Iran were making a massive statement of defiance and not just by being there but by uncovering their heads and by wearing make up and 'western' clothes.  Let's hope their team play with more positivity against Portugal and progress to the latter stages.

thebigfredc posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
SamS posted:

I thought it was a pretty solid England performance, excepting the poor finishing in the 1st half. But they played with speed, aggression and created countless opportunities. Once Tunisia equalised, they parked the bus which of course zapps the energy out of any match . England still managed a few opportunities in the 2nd half (why oh why did Rashford not strike that ball in the box), persevered and got the deserved late goal.

Well done !!

 

You have been lucky that the team was not punished for being so reckless with it’s chances in the first half. A better team will not let that happen.

Thanks for that Burt. 

BTW how did Germany get on?

 

I am living in Germany, but when it goes to soccer I am definitely Dutch in full. The German team performed very bad and will have a very challenging match this Saturday. Either they rise, or fall down miserably. Let’s see it will at least be one of the exciting matches of the tournament.

So, Argentina could well be going home following this game, where their best player, Messi, received nothing in the way of service, and the remainder of the team spent their time contributing little, other than committing crude and petty fouls.

Without Messi, they had no plan B.

Well done Croatia.

Yes. The pundits on the TV were trying to suggest that the keeper's howler was a game-changing moment. I beg to differ. Croatia were the better team by quite a margin.  I also continue to be impressed with Modric. Not only is he wonderfully creative but unlike many creative midfielders he works his socks off defensively.     

As an aside, I bet Ronaldo enjoyed the game and watching his great competitor Messi struggle.  For me while they are both world-class players, Messi seems to need good players around him to shine whereas Ronaldo seems to be able to lead lesser-players to better things. They are both footballing geniuses but only only of them has leadership qualities.   

In between some great moments I am fed up with all the simulation of injury and diving.

Can anyone tell me another sport where cheating is so widely practised and so accepted?

It looks to be completely endemic in football. I bet it trickles down to the parks and playgrounds too.

Bruce

Xenasys posted:

VAR should and could be used for simulation yellow card or 10 Minutes in the Sin Bin

If people attempt to blatantly cheat why not just send them off? It is worse than just a mis-timed challenge or two. That Portugese chap falling down after a pat on the back was frankly disgusting-not funny as most seemed to view it. Far from alone though.

As soon as someone goes down clutching their leg the ground staff should run on and stretcher them off as fast as possible and all treatment and assessment take place off the field. They only come back on when the ref has a break in play. That will curb a lot of the rolling around.

Bruce

Sadly Cheating seems to be creeping into most sports these days.

The key to sorting it out in football is as suggested, look at the VAR and send them off. 

If the officials could just be consistent in their dealing with the problem, that would go along way towards dealing with the cheats.

Bruce Woodhouse posted:
Xenasys posted:

VAR should and could be used for simulation yellow card or 10 Minutes in the Sin Bin

If people attempt to blatantly cheat why not just send them off? It is worse than just a mis-timed challenge or two. That Portugese chap falling down after a pat on the back was frankly disgusting-not funny as most seemed to view it. Far from alone though.

As soon as someone goes down clutching their leg the ground staff should run on and stretcher them off as fast as possible and all treatment and assessment take place off the field. They only come back on when the ref has a break in play. That will curb a lot of the rolling around.

Bruce

It's one thing to find the players cheating, quite another to find a member of the press advocating it.....     Here are the words of BBC reporter Stephan Shemilt on the BBC site, talking about Switzerland's winning goal in their game against Serbia:

"I've just seen a replay of that Shaqiri winner. Dusko Tosic, the last defender, looks like he's trying to play Shaqiri offside, even though Shaqiri started in his own half. Even after that, Tosic caould have bought Shaqiri down. Surely it was worth doing that with so little time left in the game?"

Utterly shameful.

Christopher_M posted:

It's one thing to find the players cheating, quite another to find a member of the press advocating it.....     Here are the words of BBC reporter Stephan Shemilt on the BBC site, talking about Switzerland's winning goal in their game against Serbia:

"I've just seen a replay of that Shaqiri winner. Dusko Tosic, the last defender, looks like he's trying to play Shaqiri offside, even though Shaqiri started in his own half. Even after that, Tosic caould have bought Shaqiri down. Surely it was worth doing that with so little time left in the game?"

Utterly shameful.

You're right Chris,God forbid he finds himself anywhere near a team at any level in the future  

Haim Ronen posted:

Pele was asked if his Brazilian football team could have beaten today's Argentina's squad. "Yes" was his answer, "..probably win 1:0". "Only by one goal?" was the follow up. "You have to remember that we are all now older than 75" was the comeback.

Brilliant 

Bruce Woodhouse posted:

In between some great moments I am fed up with all the simulation of injury and diving.

Can anyone tell me another sport where cheating is so widely practised and so accepted?

It looks to be completely endemic in football. I bet it trickles down to the parks and playgrounds too.

Bruce

I have to say again though that I think the refs have been excellent through out and especially where cheating and simulation are concerned. It seems that with the back up of VAR they feel more confident.

I feel rather exhausted after watching the Sweden v Germany game, such was the enduring tension.  Germany got out of jail but rather because of the needless free-kick conceded by the Swedish sub, his second such error in five minutes or so.  Don't understand where the referee found 5 minutes of injury time.  But you have to credit the resilience of the Germans. That said, if they do get to the qualifying rounds and meet a real quality team they had better have sorted out their defence.

It appears the Germans are bad winners after taunting the Swedish manager and those on the bench immediately after the game, very much unlike the usual more dignified Germany I am more familiar with.

Makes you wonder if their is some truth to the rumours of unrest in the camp?

Not long to wait now...

Even though I am a proud Welshman I never wish ill on the England footie team (rugby union is different), couple of things I would like to see today...

England win in a convincing manner both score and performance wise.

It would also be good to see a few different players scoring and not just Mr Kane.

It is fair to say Belgium have shown their intent and England now need to do the same.

I wish Wales had qualified it would have been great for the country and for the likes of Ramsey, Allen, Bale and Co.

TK421 posted:

Not long to wait now...

Even though I am a proud Welshman I never wish ill on the England footie team (rugby union is different), couple of things I would like to see today...

England win in a convincing manner both score and performance wise.

It would also be good to see a few different players scoring and not just Mr Kane.

It is fair to say Belgium have shown their intent and England now need to do the same.

I wish Wales had qualified it would have been great for the country and for the likes of Ramsey, Allen, Bale and Co.

Agree completely.

Yes, great shame Wales didn’t qualify, they were exceptionally good at the Euros.

Best of luck to England, let’s hope for a good performance from the team and the Officials.

I agree with TK421 that it would good to see some other England players get on the score-sheet, other than Kane. Speaking of which it would be nice to see Sterling justify Southgate's confidence in him. I think he has scored only two goals in 35 games for England which is simply not good enough for a forward.  Looks like the game is going to be played in some heat but I'd still like England play with a high tempo. They know how to do that week in, week out in the Premier League and so should be looking to play to their strengths. 

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